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Summer 2023
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Summer 2022

The application process is open! Our program dates are July 3 - July 15, 2022. 

Unlike most other young writers conferences or precollege summer writing programs, which focus primarily on creative writing, the Ithaca Young Writers Institute hosts a wide range of both creative and professional writing courses, from poetry to publishing, building on Ithaca College’s reputation for blending praxis with the arts. Taught by the distinguished faculty of the College’s Department of Writing, with assistance from the department’s most talented undergraduates, the curriculum mirrors the department’s own unique curriculum, giving aspiring young writers an immersive conference experience in an authentic college atmosphere.

Students experience a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous core genre workshops, craft classes, and literary magazine production led by IC Writing faculty and IC writing student TAs. High school students and incoming first year Ithaca College writing majors are eligible to participate. The Ithaca Writers Institute is a place where promising students come together to celebrate, study, and practice the creation of literature, laying the foundation for a successful life of writing. 

"Ithaca was the highlight of my summer."

Michelle Kvetnoy

Meet the Director

Jaime Warburton (MFA, Sarah Lawrence College) has taught Writing at Ithaca College since 2007. A poet who has also worked as a lexicographer, Jaime loves language and the precision its creative use can bring to expression. Her poems, stories, and essays have been published widely in journals such as Storyscape, North American Review, and The Southeast Review; her chapbook Note That They Cannot Live Happily is available from Split Oak Press.

At IC, Jaime teaches classes ranging from Argument to Poetics as well as advising several student organizations. She is the former director of the IC Writing Center, has worked in the Summer College for High School Students, and helps students transition to college through the Ithaca Seminar program. She is also a proud alumna of IC and the current major advising coordinator for the Department of Writing.

Contact Us

Jaime Warburton, Institute Faculty Director: jwarburton@ithaca.edu

Martha Van de Wall, Business Coordinator

Campus Location
Office of International and Extended Studies
Job Hall 202
Fax: 866-924-6272

Mailing Address
Ithaca College - Ithaca Young Writers Institute
Office of International and Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850